Friday, September 28, 2012
Tonight I went and saw Bill Bailey in Qualmpeddler at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. The company was great and Bill Bailey was amazing. The one issue I have with comedians is that some show up and tell a bunch of crude jokes to get laughs at the expense of others. Bill Bailey largely avoided that and even got plenty of crowd participation from plenty of Englishmen in the crowd who yell out more than New Zealanders do. We are too conservative! He even went with whatever the crowd yelled out, even if he only heard part of what they said. He is very smart and knows plenty of languages. I expected more music from him, but he played really random instruments and I loved when he played the horns. He is a gifted musician and has the intellect and ability to ad lib when needed.
It was a bit strange having so many Poms at this yelling things out and the only thing that hacks me off about people at comedy shows is when the comedian whether it is Rhys Darby, Flight of the Conchords or Bill Bailey is standing on stage doing nothing and some people in the audience can't stop laughing or laugh excessively at nothing. I don't mind people laughing at the routine or jokes, but when they are laughing at the mere sight of the performer on stage then I find that painful. It was also difficult to know when this show ended. It was like Bailey wanted to feel the love several times before finally finishing. He probably loved the applause.
I recommend going to Bill Bailey. The audience was more of a thirties plus crowd with plenty of Poms. What did you think of the show? I have to say that there are so many awesome British comedians who are so superior to most of New Zealand's talent.
For the record I had never been to see Bill Bailey before or really watched many episodes of Black Books.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
R and B group Boys II Men is coming to New Zealand including a show in Wellington on Sunday 2nd December and tickets go on sale September 28th (tomorrow). Watching the music videos above bring back memories of the 1990s, and sounds from those difficult years. These guys are rather gifted although you are left wondering if they should almost change their name given they are no longer Boys II Men. Anyway, it is at the Wellington Opera House on a Sunday night, but I am left wondering who will be at their concerts?
Have Boys II Men reached the "end of the road" by going on tour about 20 years after their prime? They play the songs that girls love, while guys find catchy too, but don't want to be ridiculed by their mates at the footy club for liking them. Who will pay nearly $100 to see these guys? I am sort of tempted, but wonder if the show will be full of middle aged women? I also wonder if they will be wearing any MC Hammer pants or those cool chunky glasses?
For details, go here! http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2012/boyz-ii-men/wellington#none
Sunday, September 23, 2012
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We need to find the sixty best zombies to participate in some epic flesh eating fun!
THE MAIN EVENT...
Zombie Island, Adventure Wellington's 5km Zombie Infested Horror Run is on Matiu-Somes Island on October 27th, set at dusk amongst the abandoned animal and human quarantine facilities. The event is supported by Wellington Regional Emergency Management Organization, which means Red Cross tents, body bags and much more.. it's going to feel like a real Zombie Apocalypse has hit the island.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF ME?
Show up to the casting next Tuesday night -- we’re going to challenge you to be the best zombie you can be, with surprise activities that will test your creativity and confidence. We will only be picking sixty of the best flesh eaters to join us.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR...
We are looking for goal oriented, target driven and determined zombies who love people and are focused and ready to put their rotting bodies to good use and achieve success.
WHAT'S ON OFFER?
At Adventure Wellington, we are committed to the ongoing training and development of our zombie horde. Chosen zombies will also get:
- Zombie makeup workshop with internationally acclaimed special effects make-up artist, Nicole Heydenrijk of BodyFX
- Zombie costume workshop with Kate from Costume Cave
- Participation in the biggest event of the year: Zombie Island, where you get to scare a bunch of innocent runners
- Exclusive rides on the Zombie Ferry to and from Matiu/Somes Island, the BBQ afterwards, return ticket to Queens Wharf and special appearance at the after party at The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant.
There are various progression opportunities for outstanding performers in the upcoming events in October:
- Zombie Music Video: "Zombie Style"
- Zombie Flash Mob
As Zombie Island is a fundraising event for Wellington SPCA, you will be required to pay your own workshops and DomPost ferry costs ($60).
HOW TO SIGN UP...
RSVP to: http://www.adventurewellington.co.nz/events/82706752/
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday October 2, 2012
Start at 6:30pm every half hour.
You will be e-mailed a time to show up.
19 Tory Street, Wellington
WHAT TO BRING TO THE AUDITION...
- We would encourage you to dress up to increase your chances!
- Creative minds
- Something to chew (nothing alive, please!)
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I watched recently released New Zealand movie Two Little Boys and here are my thoughts on the movie.
1) I was expecting it to be funnier given that both lead actors Bret McKenzie (Nige) and Hamish Blake (Deano) are comedians by trade. Ironically it was the third main character, Gary who is the most light hearted of the trio. It was a bit like seeing David Schwimmer from Friends in the serious Thin Red Line movie. You just can't take them seriously even though you should. Nige was a scaredy cat, while Deano was annoying, but Gary was far more light hearted. The first half was funny, but then the characters got a bit serious. Nige and Deano had a bit of a Dumb and Dumber or Beavis and Butthead do America, with neither of them being the sharpest knives in the drawer.
2) I grew up in Invercargill and while it was great seeing some iconic brands with old logos from the past like Red Stripe pies, Southland Building Society and Jimmy's Pies while this movie is listed as 1993, I think it is probably more like 1990. People even in Invercargill had moved onto bowl haircuts, undercuts and the short hair with long fringe by 1993. Mullets were uncool even in Invercargill in 1993. Maybe I am just getting old!
3) It was great seeing some famous locals like Tim Shadbolt, although I thought he may have done more and I was looking for even more local legends. It was great seeing some New Zealand actors from ages ago like Russell Smith from Play School and Ian Mune.
4) The plot was a bit dark and strange, but you expect that from a New Zealand film, especially after Scarfies was the Sarkies other main movie. I didn't realise that they would show you as much of Deano chopping up the body as they did. That got a bit messy!
5) The movie was great for showing Invercargill and the Catlins. The scenery was amazing and it was also cool seeing Camp Tautuku where I have been to many camps. Dee and Tay Streets in Invercargill looked typical. I wonder how accurate their placement of shops were compared with how they actually used to be?
My problem was that I have wanted to see this movie for ages, and so I may have over-hyped it. I still think it was good by New Zealand standards and it seems to be going well in the cinemas. What did you think of Two Little Boys? I give it 6/10.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Have you ever looked up and wanted to know where that plane has come from or is heading to?
A website that provides a real time map tracking airliners, private jets and even military aircraft has become a massive hit with avid plane spotters.
Flightradar24's global maps show you the rough locations of aircraft as they travel – and gives you an idea of the countries with the busiest airspace.
Zoom in and you can locate a particular flight right down to its airline affiliation and aircraft model type, and even its altitude and speed.
The maps are updated every few seconds.
It's also useful if you're wanting to check whether or not your loved one will arrive on time. You can see what flights are scheduled to land at any airport in the next two hours.
The website says the service has become increasingly popular and it receives more than 10 million visits a month.
But how does it obtain such a vast amount of information?
The website uses data from the Federal Aviation Administration in the US as well as automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) systems in other countries.
The information is then collated and presented on to user-friendly maps.
About 60 percent of aircraft are equipped with an ADS-B transponder – so there are still plenty of planes that are not represented on the map.
Go to www.flightradar24.com to see the map for yourself.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Watch free live streaming Valerie Adams Olympic Gold Medal Ceremony from 6:45pm - 7:30pm on Wednesday 19th September.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
There is a world famous Southland Party to be held at Parliament in Wellington this Friday night as a chance for ex-pats Southlanders to come together and enjoy some of their home province's delicacies. The event costs $60 and runs from 6pm - 11pm. There will be the typical Southland foods no doubt like oysters, venison, muttonbirds and swedes no doubt, but I wonder which other high profile people have Southland connections? It is amazing how many people have started their lives in Southland, but have moved to places like Wellington to become famous. While you usually know someone from the Southland community in Wellington, I am wondering if anyone I know well will be attending? That is apart from Tim Shadbolt (will he be there?), Barry Soper, Eric Roy and Bill English.
Parliament will be filled with southern drawls and plenty of maroon on Friday when the Southland Party is brought back to life.
The yearly get-together for Southlanders transplanted to Wellington has been absent from the calendar for the past nine years, but a crew of expats, including MP Eric Roy and Newstalk ZB political editor Barry Soper, have brought it back.
The party will feature the best of Southland cuisine, from oysters to beef to that essential southern drop Speight's.
In its heyday, the evening attracted about 400 Southlanders to the banquet hall at Parliament to reminisce about everything southern.
"It's a time when Southlanders can get together and talk a lot of rubbish," Soper said.
The parties had been the highlight of the calendar for many ex-pats, but had been a lot of work to pull together, leading them to be stopped a few years ago.
"But it was such a popular event that the most frequent question I get asked is ‘why we aren't doing them any more?'
"So here we are giving it another go." The Gore-born journalist brought together a team of hardcore southern folk to get the party up and running again, and the evening at Parliament is gaining steam once again.
With Southland well known for its hearty cuisine, a protein-heavy feast was promised, and appropriate decorations would also be in place, he said.
That included a replica of Gore's giant brown trout which was made for the party by Weta Workshop.
"It used to be on a plinth just like the original one, but then people started dancing with it and tackling it and so on," Soper said. "It's a bit more rugged looking now."
Mr Roy, who is the MP for Invercargill, said there was a sizeable community of Southlanders who were based in Wellington.
"The feedback so far has been extremely positive."
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
There are rumours circulating that Fight For Life promoters are trying to get shot put stars Valerie Adams and Nadzeya Ostapchuk to get into the boxing ring later this year. It is difficult to know if this is just an intriguing rumour or if there is some truth to this? There is obviously some intense rivalry between the two shot putters and both women probably could do with the money, then this could be a case of watch this space! What else would Ostapchuk do while serving her one year ban for taking steroids at the Olympic Games? Who would win this Fight for Life? You would think Valerie Adams is younger and has far greater reach, but both of these women are powerful.
I think it could cheapen their sporting rivalry as boxing is a bit of a seedy underworld, but I would definitely watch it!
What do you think of the idea? Would you watch this fight? Who would win? Or is this just pie in the sky?
She may be about to get her long-awaited gold medal, but the Valerie Adams, Nadzeya Ostapchuk saga is far from over.
In fact Adams could be set to take to the ring against her bitter rival, who was yesterday banned for a year after testing positive for an anabolic steroid during the Olympics.
According to Radio Sport Fight for Life organizers are heading to Belarus to convince the shamed shot putter to battle Adams in the ring in December.
And Val Adams is not adverse to taking out her frustrations against the Belarusian with her fists.
"That would be interesting, it would be fun. I'm sure I'd be keen to do it. Why not." The Kiwi shot put star told Radio Sport.Adams also added that she doesn't believe a word of the recent revelation that Ostapchuk's coach spiked her food, leading to her being stripped of her Olympic gold medal.
Watch Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie reading the TVNZ weather with his Two Little Boys co-star Hamish from Hamish and Andy. It makes for a refreshing change from Jim Hickey! There is probably more money in winning Oscars and starring in films, but hey, it good to see them embracing the Tim Shadbolt impersonation!
The Ridges featuring New Zealand socialites Sally and Jaime Ridge debuted tonight on TV3, what did you think of it? I think this is another one of those shows where New Zealand is trying to copy overseas shows. In this case, The Ridges is an attempt to replicate The Kardashians, but they just don't quite do it.
What did you think of The Ridges?
They are the most talked about mother and daughter duo in New Zealand; tabloid fodder and twitter targets who are famous for being famous. But who are Sally and Jaime Ridge…really?Vacuous, shallow, attention seekers who grace the Sunday gossip columns week after week? Or simply misunderstood? A dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship? Or are a close parent and child who love spending time together?Meet the real people behind all those headlines in this surprisingly candid, funny and heart-warming reality series, from the producers of Secret Lives of Dancers.Sally and Jaime open the doors to their home and open their hearts to our cameras – in their words: "we have nothing to lose, and nothing to hide – know us before you judge us."We start filming as both Sally and Jaime embark on massive personal challenges. Sally has just bought a rundown, mouse-ridden 13 bedroom boarding house and needs to get it liveable for her family of four children to move in pronto. Working with a limited budget this single mother will have to draw on all her experience as an interior designer to pull it off.Meanwhile Jaime – a self proclaimed book nerd with zero fitness – is invited to fight in a high profile boxing event. With just five weeks to train for it and against her mother’s, and her agent Sara Tetro’s wishes, the headstrong 18-year-old says 'yes'.What ensues is a highly emotional - and often hilarious - rollercoaster that threatens to drive a wedge between this previously inseparable mother and daughter.This six part series is an endearingly honest window into life on the celebrity circuit, the glamour of Auckland’s nightlife and the reality of those people we love to hate.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The Paralympics are over and China has dominated the event winning 231 medals including 95 gold medals. New Zealand won more medals than the able bodied London 2012 Olympic Games, but finished lower down the medal table in 21st place. Should they combine the medal tables between the able bodied and Paralympics? USA may have a problem with that after they finished top back in August ahead of China, but finished sixth at the Paralympics. Ukraine finished ahead of them in 4th place. There were so many medals in swimming and athletics compared with the other sports.
Why do some countries do well randomly at the Paralympics? I wonder if there are more eligible athletes for the Paralympics in less developed countries or not? China and Ukraine hardly seem to be wealthy countries to help fund their athletes training, but they dominated this Paralympics. There have even been athletes from publicised incidents like Chernobyl in Ukraine and war and mine explosions in Afghanistan who have made the Paralympics.
There seemed to be heaps of categories, classifications and world records broken, but I don't think it is practical to combine the medal tables in Rio 2016 as there are so many medals available in Paralympics swimming and athletics which would make it unfair. Finally, it is a shame that there wasn't more television coverage.
Paralympics Medal Table
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 People's Republic of China 95 71 65 231
2 Russian Federation 36 38 28 102
3 Great Britain 34 43 43 120
4 Ukraine 32 24 28 84
5 Australia 32 23 30 85
6 United States of America 31 29 38 98
7 Brazil 21 14 8 43
8 Germany 18 26 22 66
9 Poland 14 13 9 36
10 Netherlands 10 10 19 39
21 New Zealand 6 7 4 17
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Sports drink company Gatorade is bring Usain Bolt to New Zealand next month. The Jamaician sprinting legend is a bit of a travelling circus these days given his freakish exploits on the running track. I wonder if he will run or simply strut his stuff when he comes? Will you go and see Usain Bolt when he comes to New Zealand?
The world's fastest man is on his way to New Zealand.
Beverage company Frucor is bringing Gatorade athlete, Usain Bolt, to New Zealand on October 8, 2012.
In a statement released this afternoon, Frucor, the licensed producer of Gatorade in New Zealand, said Bolt's visit will be an instrumental part of its Kiwi launch campaign.
The US sports drink has supported athletes at all levels since its origins in 1965 when it was formulated by researchers at the University of Florida to successfully combat dehydration.
"Gatorade is the Number 1 sports drink in the world with more than four decades of scientific research behind it, but New Zealand is a relatively new market for the brand, and we're looking forward to launching Gatorade in an exciting way with Usain's visit," says Mark Callaghan, CEO of Frucor.
Usain Bolt has been supported by Gatorade for four years, through four World Records and three gold medals. He is currently featured in a Gatorade marketing campaign to launch the brand into the New Zealand market.
"We are unbelievably excited to bring the fastest man on earth to New Zealand. Coming off his recent performance, Usain well and truly earned his place in history as the fastest sprinter to ever compete," says Callaghan.
This is a funny video featuring a real water bed. I have seen this before but forgot how funny it is. I love the two big women at the end. It is also funny whenever someone runs and takes massive jump. Sometimes laughing at other people's expense is so easy to do.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
On such an auspicious occasion as my birthday I thought it would be fitting to find some great one liners which may or may not be appropriate as I celebrate another birthday.
We have all heard many of these before, but there is the odd gem in this lot.
My personal favourite quote - "Birthdays are like boogers, the more you have the harder it is to breathe".
What are some of your favourite birthday sayings or quotes? I like to make my own ones up as I see fit.
Two tips on your birthday:
1) Forget the past, you can't change it.
2) Forget the present, I didn't get you one.
Times are hard
Here's you friggin birthday card
You would have loved the gift I didn't bother getting you.
You're another year older and another year wiser
So put your brain to work and figure out there ain't no gift for you.
You're far too mature to be concerned with material things, like presents.
There were a lot of famous people born on your birthday. Too bad you aren't one.
A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
So many candles... so little cake.
Birthdays are like boogers, the more you have the harder it is to breathe.
Some words of wisdom for your birthday, "Smile while you still have teeth!"
With age comes wisdom. (You're one of the wisest people I know!)
We know we're getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.
Don't think of it as getting older, think of it as becoming a classic.
Another year older, none the wiser.
Count your blessings, not your wrinkles.
I'll always think of you as someone older than me. Happy Birthday.
You know you're getting old when you walk up the stairs and call it excercise. Happy Bday!
Not just a year older, but a year better.
Here's to another year of experience.
Just like fine wine, you grow better with the years.
Happy Birthday to someone who is forever young.
You're not getting older, just more distinguished.
Because you're you, I'm celebrating today! Happy Birthday
You're older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow, Happy Bday!
Monday, September 03, 2012
'Green Mile' star Michael Clarke Duncan has died, age 54.
The man who played the huge John Coffey in The Green Mile has died age 54. This is in some ways surprising but in other ways not, given how massive he is. He did have a heart attack a few months ago. I didn't realise he would be 54 years old, I thought he was younger. RIP Michael Clarke Duncan.
The Oscar-nominated actor – who’s best known for playing John Coffey in the 1999 film - died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following a heart attack on July 13, his fiancee said in a statement.
"His family are firm believers in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time," his representative said in a statement at the time.
He was reportedly found by his girlfriend of two years, 'The Apprentice' contestant Omarosa Stallworth, who performed CPR and revived him.
She recently tweeted: "Everyday GOD continues to smile upon my luv Michael Clarke Duncan on this arduous road to recovery. God is with us every step of the way!!"
After 'The Green Mile', Clarke Duncan went on to star in numerous motion pictures including 'The Whole Nine Yards', 'Planet of the Apes', 'The Scorpion King' and 'Kung Fu Panda'.